Health Awareness Corner from the Saint James Health Ministry:

Crystal Richburg Oliver, Ministry Leader 


Did You Know May is Mental Health Awareness Month?


Did you know Former President Barack Obama proclaimed May to be Mental Health Awareness Month in 2016?

Mental Health issues are experienced by millions of Americans each year.  These issues are inclusive of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorders.  The awareness permits Americans to get the help they need through access, support, resources and acceptance without the stigma or label associated with it, such as being “crazy”. 


Mental Health Issues can be caused by:

· Biological factors: genetics, physical illness, injury, brain chemistry

· Life Experiences: trauma, history of abuse

· Family history: mental health problems


As part of your regular check up on overall health conditions, mental health screenings should be addressed so proper treatment can be started and/or continued, so that you can live a healthier, longer life.

Friends and family can be an important influence to someone seeking the treatment they need.  Let someone know that peer support and hope still exist in their journey of healing.


Suicide prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-(talk) 8255

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255


















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